- a number of persons or things arranged in a line, especially a straight line: a row of apple trees.
- a line of persons or things so arranged: The petitioners waited in a row.
- a line of adjacent seats facing the same way, as in a theater: seats in the third row of the balcony.
- a street formed by two continuous lines of buildings.
- Music. tone row.
- Checkers. one of the horizontal lines of squares on a checkerboard; rank.
- to put in a row (often followed by up).
- hard/long row to hoe, a difficult task or set of circumstances to confront: At 32 and with two children, she found attending medical school a hard row to hoe.
Origin of row1
- to propel a vessel by the leverage of an oar or the like.
- to propel (a vessel) by the leverage of an oar or the like.
- to convey in a boat that is rowed.
- to convey or propel (something) in a manner suggestive of rowing.
- to require, use, or be equipped with (a number of oars): The captain's barge rowed twenty oars.
- to use (oarsmen) for rowing.
- to perform or participate in by rowing: to row a race.
- to row against in a race: Oxford rows Cambridge.
- an act, instance, or period of rowing: It was a long row to the far bank.
- an excursion in a rowboat: to go for a row.
Origin of row2
- a noisy dispute or quarrel; commotion.
- noise or clamor.
- to quarrel noisily.
- Chiefly British. to upbraid severely; scold.
Origin of row3
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Examples from the Web for rowing
For years, Mooney has trained with a rowing coach to enhance his physical endurance for the potentially yearlong journey.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother
October 19, 2014
People are snoozing in deck chairs, people are rowing slowly across the lake.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview
February 16, 2014
After a three-quarter-mile rowing session, we jump out to observe coral reefs.One First-Timer’s Adventures in Culebra and Puerto Rico
March 14, 2013
Lesser sports facilities—used for rowing, baseball, and kayaking contests in the 2008 Games—now seem deserted.Architectural White Elephants: Beijing, London, and the Post-Olympics Curse
August 14, 2012
They are the first female British Olympic gold medal winners in the history of British rowing.Princes William and Harry See UK Get First Gold
August 1, 2012
Driving, swimming, rowing, and other manly sports should be favored.
Four were rowing with all their power, a fifth sat in the bow and the other in the stern.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
Usually he sat, when he was rowing, so that he might keep his face towards her.A Spirit in Prison
She was rowing with all her might, and gazing fearfully over her shoulder.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
Its earliest form, conducted on a considerable scale, was rowing.College Teaching
- an arrangement of persons or things in a linea row of chairs
- mainly Britisha street, esp a narrow one lined with identical houses
- (capital when part of a street name)Church Row
- a line of seats, as in a cinema, theatre, etc
- maths a horizontal linear arrangement of numbers, quantities, or terms, esp in a determinant or matrix
- a horizontal rank of squares on a chessboard or draughtboard
- in a row in succession; one after the otherhe won two gold medals in a row
- a hard row to hoe a difficult task or assignment
- a noisy quarrel or dispute
- a noisy disturbance; commotionwe couldn't hear the music for the row next door
- a reprimand
- give someone a row informal to scold someone; tell someone off
- (intr often foll by with) to quarrel noisily
- (tr) archaic to reprimand
- to propel (a boat) by using oars
- (tr) to carry (people, goods, etc) in a rowing boat
- to be propelled by means of (oars or oarsmen)
- (intr) to take part in the racing of rowing boats as a sport, esp in eights, in which each member of the crew pulls one oarCompare scull (def. 6)
- (tr) to race against in a boat propelled by oarsOxford row Cambridge every year
- an act, instance, period, or distance of rowing
- an excursion in a rowing boat
Word Origin and History for rowing
"line of people or things," Old English ræw "a row, line; succession, hedge-row," probably from Proto-Germanic *rai(h)waz (cf. Middle Dutch rie, Dutch rij "row;" Old High German rihan "to thread," riga "line;" German Reihe "row, line, series;" Old Norse rega "string"), possibly from PIE root *rei- "to scratch, tear, cut" (cf. Sanskrit rikhati "scratches," rekha "line"). Meaning "a number of houses in a line" is attested from mid-15c., originally chiefly Scottish and northern English. Phrase a hard row to hoe attested from 1823, American English.
"propel with oars," Old English rowan "go by water, row" (class VII strong verb; past tense reow, past participle rowen), from Proto-Germanic *ro- (cf. Old Norse roa, Dutch roeien, West Frisian roeije, Middle High German rüejen), from PIE root *ere- (1) "to row" (cf. Sanskrit aritrah "oar;" Greek eressein "to row," eretmon "oar," trieres "trireme;" Latin remus "oar;" Lithuanian iriu "to row," irklas "oar;" Old Irish rome "oar," Old English roðor "rudder").
Idioms and Phrases with rowing
see get one's ducks in a row; kick up a fuss (row); skid row; tough row to hoe.